Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

September 20, 2010 16:51 ET

CRA: Windsor Optometrist Sentenced to One Year in Jail and $522,346 Fine for Tax Evasion

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2010) - Dr. Johannes (Jack) Klundert, a Windsor optometrist, was sentenced today by Justice Terry Patterson in Superior Court of Justice in Windsor to one year in jail and a fine of $522,346 after a jury found him guilty of tax evasion on May 20, 2010. The court fine, representing 150% of the total federal taxes evaded, is in addition to any taxes owed, as well as any interest and civil penalties that may be assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 

"The overwhelming majority of Canadians pay their taxes in full and on time," said Karen Ellis, Assistant Commissioner of the CRA for the Ontario Region. "In fairness to them, the Canada Revenue Agency makes sure that people who try to avoid paying taxes are held to account."

In a trial that began on May 10, 2010, the court heard that from 1993 to 1997, Klundert received $1.4 million in professional income, yet his 1993, 1994 and 1997 personal income tax returns were filed reporting his professional income as nil. By not reporting this income, Klundert evaded paying over $348,000 in federal incomes taxes. The CRA has never received income tax returns from Klundert for the 1995 and 1996 tax years.

Individuals who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They will not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the CRA against them. These individuals may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) can be found on the CRA's website at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.

The information in this news release was obtained from the court records. 

Further information on convictions can also be found in the Media Room on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/convictions.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Neil Shalapata
    Manager, Communications
    416-952-8051